Festival Italiano, the annual street party celebrating everything Italian, held in Newmarket, Auckland, is on again this Sunday. Expect all the fun of an Italian festa – music, dancing, laughter, oodles of food and plenty of ‘Ciao Bella’s and treble cheek-kissing as Italians congregate around the inner streets of Newmarket to show off their exemplary wares. You can join in workshops, sate your tastebuds with free tastings, watch a 40g wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano being split open, grab a slab of authentic pizza to eat while walking around, or perch at the bar with a chilled Peroni and simply let all the madness spin around you. There’ll be plenty of head-turning style in fashion, cars and scooters as Made in Italy comes to life. If you feel like showing off your Armani, Versace or Ferragamo, or parading your Prada, Pucci or Gucci, or just practicing a few words of Italian, Sunday’s the day.
Sunday 28th October
Osborne Street, Kent Street and Rialto Centre, Newmarket
Cracking the Parmigiano
Sabato’s Callum will crack a 40kg wheel of parmesan.
Children’s art-making activities with the Dante Alighieri School inside the Rialto Centre.
Italian Luxury Cars
Swing by Lumsden Green and admire the Ferrari cars, and in Osbone and Kent Streets, the latest Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Lamborghini.
Imperial Romans of New Zealand
Have your photo snapped with peeps dressed in full Roman soldier regalia.
There are plenty of Italian design and fashion brands to check out, and of course, food and beverage. Chow down on cheese, bunt on bomboloni, sip on Prosecco or Peroni or an espresso – you’ll soon get in the festa spirit. Check out the choices below.
Mangiare e Bere: